In forested areas of southern Australia. (NSW, SA, VIC, WA).
This coral fungus grows into a compact, branched mass with colours in various shades of yellow to pinkish orange. The short, robust stem (1 to 4 cm in diameter and up to 4 cm in height) develops several levels of branches, with successive branches of decreasing diameter. The tips of the outermost branches are rounded. The whole, tree-like structure may grow to 15 cm tall and of similar breadth. The tight clustering of the branches gives an overall cauliflower-like appearance.
Spore print: ochre to pale yellow-brown. Basidiomycete.
Ecology/Way of Life:
A mycorrhizal fungus, with the coralloid fruiting bodies appearing on the ground, amongst forest litter.
Interaction with Humans/Threats:
Bougher & Syme note that this is a poisonous species.
The type specimen was collected in South Australia. This species is also found in New Zealand, growing in association with manuka (Leptospermum scoparium).
Bougher, N. & Syme, K. (1998). Fungi of Southern Australia, University of Western Australia Press.
Cleland, J.B. (1931). Australian Fungi: Notes and Descriptions. – No. 8. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 55: pp152 – 160.
Cleland, J.B. (1976). Toadstools and mushrooms and other larger fungi of South Australia. Parts I and II, 1934 – 1935. (repr.) South Australian Government Printer.
Corner, E.J.H. (1950). A Monograph of Clavaria and Allied Genera. Oxford University Press.
Fawcett, S.G.M. (1939). Studies on the Australian Clavariaceae, Part III. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 52: pp153 – 163
Petersen, R.H. (1969). Type studies in clavarioid fungi. III. The taxa described by J.B. Cleland. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, 96: pp457 – 466.
Text and map by Heino Lepp.
Image kindly provided by Bruce Fuhrer from his recent book: A Field Guide to Australian Fungi
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